HUGE MILESTONE! We celebrate with the leaders of St. Jean Baptiste School that the final secondary grade level will be added in September! What was only a BIG DREAM of the Savanette families is now reality!!
SJBS is the only school in the surrounding rural area to offer Preschool through Secondary classes – 16 grades! We can’t emphasize enough how rare it is to have a quality primary school in the countryside and almost non-existent to have a secondary school in a rural area! Less than 20% of primary schools are national schools and they have some of the lowest performance results.
A message from a student in Kenya
My name is Delilah Musungu. I am 16 years old and I come from a very poor background. My parents are both alive but due to poverty they are unable to support me. This situation forced me and my young brother to go out to the streets so that we could beg for food and ask for help from people in order to support ourselves and my parents.
Today is International Women’s Day. We would like to thank you for supporting E=H programs, and also thank our Program Coordinators for their help in supporting our mission. Today we are sending you a story written by a woman about some women in Quito, Ecuador living in a difficult and desperate situation. You can give hope to others with even just a small amount. Here is her reflection of her trip visiting Quito, Ecuador.
In January 2016, I was given the opportunity to visit Quito, Ecuador….Before I went to Quito, I hadn’t really been exposed to poverty and I definitely didn’t understand the harrowing process or effects of human trafficking.
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Hope Story from Rwanda
And we know that in all things God works
for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose.
A Reflection about Nikuze Hannah Blessing, a child of Jean Bosco Ntakirutimana and Providence Nzayisenga
Miguel first heard about Casa Gabriel when he was 14 years old. He and his younger brother Jesus were living on the streets after having run away from a group home several times. They had learned to prefer to live on their own on the streets: they’d been doing it since they were small children.
Roselene Duclaire, St. Jean Baptiste School, Savanette, Haiti
(Roselene on left in photo; Her sister in photo on right.)
Roselene is a hopeful young girl at St. Jean Baptiste School in Savanette, Haiti. She started at SJBS when she was 7. She performed well and is now in fourth grade. Her favorite subject is math, and she dreams of one day becoming an engineer. She wants to build a house; she currently lives in her thatched-roof home (damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016) with five family members.
Always willing to help, she brings water for her family and does her chores. Education is important to her, as well, and she always does her homework. Beyond this, she cares for the goat that she received from SJBS’s goat program in February, 2017 (the goat program offers orphans and poor families a chance to improve their finances).
Her life is not easy, as she and her household struggle to eat and maintain their shelter. However, Roselene has a cheerful smile and great optimism for her future. The education, daily meal, and goat that she receives from SJBS has given her the chance to improve her family’s finances and to dream of a bright future as an engineer.